Has X Factor finally auditioned everyone in Britain?
Has Britain finally run out of talent? The X Factor has only been back on our screens for three weeks, but regular viewers have already spotted plenty of familiar faces among the contestants.
The ITV singing contest has seen various returning would-be singers over its opening episodes, looking for a second shot at stardom with the show.
Saturday night’s round of early auditions saw Gifty Louise back again after narrowly missing out on her opportunity at last year’s bootcamp stage, when she was shown the door after losing her voice.
Judges Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and guest Mel B, standing in for an absent Nicole Scherzinger, all sent her through to bootcamp again this year.
She is far from the only contestant to come back again, though. In Sunday’s episode, viewers will see barmaid Anelisa Lamola impressing the panel, nine years on from her first crack at the programme when she was just 17.
Sunday night also marks a return for twins Kyle and Josh Brooks, who got to the judges’ houses round with Walsh in 2014 before being sent home and are back again to try their luck.
In last weekend’s instalment, Janet Grogan made a reappearance, having first starred two years ago when she made it to the six chair challenge, but was knocked out in that round, with Simon Cowell admitting at the time that he had made a mistake.
However, the contestants will have some way to go before coming close to Melanie McCabe’s record – the Irish hopeful came back for four different years of X Factor auditions, but still never succeeded in making it to the live shows.